Why Collect Coins?Written by Jon Gammon
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Building a coin collection, is a long process. It doesn't happen over night, it doesn't happen in a week, and unless you are filthy rich, it won't happen in a year. Collecting takes time, effort, and persistence, and fact of matter is, there are so many different types of coins to collect that it takes time to study and learn about each of prospects. The United States have produced many different varieties of coins from penny to gold dollar. They have produced commemorative coins celebrating a historic event or an anniversary. What ever you chose to collect I am sure that with a little effort on your part, that your collection will be something that you can pass on to your children, or build a small nest egg for your retirement, or whatever you choose to start coin collecting for. Learning coin collecting basics is a healthy start to building a wonderful coin collection.
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Interesting Coin FactsWritten by Jon Gammon
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The metal used to make each of coins is fed into a machine that make blank coins. The blanks that are used to make pennies have already been pressed and are manufactured outside Mint to their specifications. These blanks are then heated up to soften, and then thoroughly cleaned and polished. The defective blanks are removed and discarded, and then they are sorted into a machine which puts rim around there edges. They are then sent to presses to be stamped. Just so you know both front and back of coins are pressed are same time. The coins are then inspected again for defects and are sorted and put into bags for shipment. A Second interesting coin fact is, what are coins made of? Well in 1792, United States Mint required that all coins minted would be made of copper, silver, or gold. This was standard for over a hundred years, and in 1965 Congress decided to stop using silver in Dimes and Quarters, and reduced amount of silver used in dollars and half dollars as well. Well that was past, what about today's coins, what are they made of. Nickels, Dimes, Quarters, and Half Dollars are made of copper and nickel of different percentages. The Golden Dollar (Sacagawea) was made of copper, nickel, zinc, and manganese.
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